I fly a lot, and I know from experience that being hungry at the airport or on a flight is definitely a recipe for disaster!
Options are often limited at airports to fast food chains and premade sandwiches along with candy and potato chips. And it’s even worse on the flight itself – there’s often no food at all or else a really awful selection (my latest flight from New York to Vancouver offered a cracked pepper turkey sandwich, a chicken slider combo, and a fruit and cheese plate for sale).
Top 10 Paleo Snacks For Air Travel
1. Boiled Eggs
These are just so easy and so filling (and cheap!). Take them unpeeled in a sandwich bag.
2. Dark Chocolate
There’s always the fear that you might crave some sugar what with the stress of traveling (especially for long haul flights). So, I like to carry some dark chocolate (100% chocolate is ideal, like the Tcho brand ones, but sometimes I take a bit of 80% or the Enjoy Life chocolate chips for a treat).
This is another really easy no-mess paleo snack for air travel. I don’t generally eat many bananas at home because they’re easy to overeat due to their high sugar content, but they’re just too convenient for air travel.
I find apples, pears, and other fruits a bit messy, but they can be a nice refreshing option on a long flight.
5. Fruit and nut mix
I personally like the sprouted trail mixes if you can find them (many of the California Whole Foods carry these). Make sure you purchase a mix that doesn’t contain added sugar, canola oil, sunflower oil, or any other non-Paleo oils.
6. Paleo Snack Bars
These are great paleo snacks for anytime and they’re prepackaged to make it easy to travel with. Here are some of our favorites:
- Epic Bars (meat + dried fruit bars). Very Paleo and very delicious! You can get them on their website or on Amazon here. The Bison Bacon Cranberry is my fav.
- Bearded Brothers Energy Bars (nuts, seeds, dried fruit bars). Delicious, firm, moist, and really really good! Get them on amazon here. The Raspberry Lemon one is my fav.
- Simple Squares – you can get them on Amazon here.
7. Jerky and Meat Sticks
This is always a great option for flights. I like Sophia’s jerky chews, but any jerky without MSG or added sugar is fantastic (however, they can be hard to find in stores). Braaitime is another option for jerky (South African style) – you can get them on Amazon here.
9. Coconut Butter
Coconut butter (read this article for what coconut butter is) is great to eat straight or spread on some dark chocolate. Note that I’ve had trouble taking a jar of this through security in US airports (they always think it’s liquid when it’s clearly not). I suggest packing it into several small condiment cups to avoid any TSA problems.
10. Almond Butter
Just like coconut butter, almond butter is great for eating by itself or with dark chocolate. Artisana even makes small travel packs of almond butter, coconut butter, and some other nut butters.
I’m not a big fan of desserts when traveling as my body is already tired (it’s arguable that fruit is like dessert), but if you feel that you really need some sort of dessert to keep you going, then here are some good options:
- Caveman Cookies – the name says it all. You can get them on Amazon here.
- Paleo Treats – again, the name says it all! You can get them on their website here.
Other Paleo Snacks for Air Travel
Of course, you can also cook snacks to take with you like egg muffins, Paleo cookies, cupcakes, and entire meals stored in containers. I find cooking these a bit of a hassle as well as time consuming when you’re stressed and trying to pack in a hurry, but here are some great recipes if you do have time:
Fig Newton Knockoffs
Paleo Pancakes (can be used to spread nut butters or coconut butter on – suggested by Jen)
Do you have a favorite Paleo snack to take on flights?
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite Paleo snacks for air travel are!